Because this website’s purpose is to provide guidance specific to the needs of the College of Arts and Sciences, we won’t spend a lot of time defining accessibility, explaining the relevant federal laws, describing on-campus assistive services and accommodations, or stating University policy.

Here are the folks who do.

If you know of any excellent resources we should add to this list, particularly those that would be of service to A&S faculty, staff, and students, please tell us.

On Campus

Technology Accessibility at The University of Alabama, aka

the University’s clearinghouse for accessibility resources for the web and instructional media; includes tutorials, info about workshops, and ways to get one-on-one help, including accessibility reviews of course materials and websites

Office of Disability Services

where accommodations begin; ODS provides academic accommodations to UA students who provide appropriate documentation of their disabilities; for faculty and staff, ODS is the place to go for information about services, accommodations, and assistive technologies for UA students with disabilities

Human Resources’ ADA page

information about workplace accessibility for employees seeking accommodations and for supervisors wondering how to provide them

Office of Equal Opportunity Programs

includes a disability/accommodations page with a helpful list of links and contact information for the University’s ADA Coordinator, who can answer questions about compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act

UA Libraries website

includes a page geared toward users with disabilities; a guide to using ZoomText that also offers descriptions of other available assistive technologies; and guides to accessibility features of Windows 7 and accessibility features of OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)

External Links

Axess Lab

articles and tips on digital accessibility, including “Accessibility According to Actual People with Disabilities” 

Cheatsheets by the National Center on Disability and Access to Education

single-page guides to producing accessible files in several Microsoft and Adobe formats and captions in YouTube; a good resource for people who use downloadable files on their websites or in their course materials or who post instructional materials to YouTube

Introduction to Accessibility

indispensable WebAIM article about what accessibility is, why it’s important, and how to start doing it

free to Tuscaloosa Public Library cardholders; offers online courses on a wide range of topics, including Advanced Accessible PDFs, Creating Accessible PDFs with Acrobat DCAccessibility for WordPress, and Foundations of UX: Accessibility

W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

the guidelines A&S (and UA’s tech accessibility group) is working to meet for all web properties hosted on its servers; WCAG 2.0 is a product of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the international community that develops web standards


fantastic site packed with how-to accessibility information, including articles about making graphics accessible, how to structure information, and building accessible forms

Video Captions & Subtitles

For Vimeo: Vimeo Captions and Subtitles, How to Sync Subtitles, The Anatomy of the Subtitling Editor